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Service Recognition Ceremony

Nearly 90 Canisius College employees were recognized for their five-, 10- and 15-year service anniversaries in the Montante Cultural Center today, November 6, during the annual Service Recognition Ceremony. Combined, these faculty members, staff and administrators have contributed 820 years of service to the college.

Family members, friends and members of the Canisius community gathered for the celebration. Director of Campus Ministry Michael F. Hayes Jr. gave the invocation. Marco F. Benedetti, vice president for business and finance, and Margaret C. McCarthy, PhD, vice president for academic affairs, assisted President John J. Hurley in the presentation of the awards. The event also included a performance by Cantio Sacra. Luanne Firestone, associate campus minister, gave the benediction.

This is the 15th year the college has held the Service Recognition Ceremony to commemorate significant milestones in employee service. In the spring, Canisius recognizes employees who have reached 20 or more years of service, as well as retirees. Click thumbnails below for larger images of some of the honorees.

Five Years of Service

Paola Fajardo-Heyward, PhD, assistant professor, political science and Matthew Kochan, public services supervisor, library.


Kristina Laun, adjunct professor, fine arts.


Davina Moss-King, adjunct professor, counseling and human services.


Ten Years of Service

Julie Daniel, operations office manager, facilities management and Donna Ortolani, senior counselor and advocate, Griff Center.


Rosanne Hartman, professor, communication studies and director, communication leadership program.

Jonathan Lawrence, PhD, associate professor, religious studies.


Madonna McKernon, executive associate, student life and Shelly Baronich, accounting associate, controllers office.


Erica Sammarco, associate vice president, President's office.


Karen Schmid, adjunct professor, fine arts and Jennifer Desiderio, PhD, associate professor, English.


Dan Smith, PhD, adjunct professor, professional studies.


Tanya Loughead, PhD, associate professor, philosophy.


Traci Murphy, associate athletic director, Shelly Baronich, accounting associate, controller's office and Luanne Firestone, associate campus minister.


Tim Gregg, PhD, associate professor, chemistry and biochemistry.


Richard Warcholak, stationary engineer, facilities management.


Deborah Prohn, assistant director, student records and financial services; Nancy Wellezohn, associate dean, school of education and human services; and Mark Piatkowski, assistant director, student life.


Fifteen Years of Service

Nicki Calabrese, PhD, associate professor, teacher education.


Pamela Fears, admissions processing associate; Marie McMullen, assistant director, admissions processing; and Shawn O'Rourke, PhD, associate dean, school of education and human services.


Jessica Blum, librarian for reference and instructional services, library.


Kathleen Kreis, EdD, adjunct professor, teacher education.


Michael Rutter, Phd, associate professor, counseling and human services.


Below are photos from the event.




























To read a complete list of honorees, click here.

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

Campus Candid

The Canisius community would like to extend congratulations to Mike Rappl for his induction into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. The event was held Wednesday, November 4 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

Mike (right) is pictured below with Canisius Athletic Director Bill Maher.

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, external affairs

Canisius in the News

Tune in to “WNY Living” on WGRZ-TV Channel 2 between 10:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. this Saturday, November 7, to hear Justin Rogers, director of undergraduate admissions, talk about our upcoming open house and highlight some of the college’s academic programs.

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

The Power of Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace

The Center for Professional Development has seats open for Canisius employees to participate in “The Power of Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace.” The seminar will be on Thursday, November 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For more information on this program, go to or contact the CPD at Ext. 8492 on how to register.

Submitted by: Colleen Kowtun, operations manager, CPD

Michael Carlos Mendoza in Concert

Michael Carlos Mendoza will be live in concert on Monday, November 16 in the Grupp Fireside Lounge at 7:00 p.m. Mendoza is a Buffalo native and will play classical guitar music from Spain, Latin America and more. He will perform works of Albeniz, Tarrega, Barrios and Bach.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by The Friends of Hispanic Arts and Mexicanisius.

Submitted by: Susan Sedia, administrative associate, management